Edamame pasta with spicy almond butter sauce & green veggies

After many failed attempts at making a spicy peanut sauce, I have finally learned how to make a super flavorful one, and have now been making a lot of stirfried noodles with veggies to accompany these sauces.  The trick for me was learning to add the right amount of water and balance the sweet and spicy profile of the sauce.  This time I did a twist on a peanut sauce and made a spicy almond butter sauce and accompanied it with this amazing organic edamame pasta (the only ingedient is edamame so it’s vegan, gluten free and super high in protein); I also topped it w/ some Fully Belly farm broccoli, kale, carrots and almond slivers.   Very filling and nutritous – enjoy!

Ingredients:

Sauce:
1. Almond butter (creamy or crunchy) – 1/2 cup
2. Water – 1/2 cup
3. One garlic clove
4. Braggs amino acid (you can sub soy sauce if you don’t have this ) – 1 tbpsn
5. Rice vinegar – 1 tbspn
6. Agave – 1 drizzle
7. Chile flakes – 1/2 tbspn to start (add more if you want spicier)

Veggies:
1. Brcocoli – 1/2 head
2. 1 carrot – peeled
3. Kale – 1 cup
4. 1 tbspn olive oil

Pasta: Organic edamame spaghetti (I got this at Costco, but it seems to be a rotational item so you can also get on amazon)

Directions:
1. To make the sauce, put all the ingedients for sauce in a blender.  If you have a Vitamix, do this on setting 4 for about 1 minute.  Taste the sauce and adjust as needed – if too thick, add more water.  If too watery add more almond butter and if not spicy enough add more chile flakes!
2. Pasta: Follow instructions on package (cook for 4-5 minutes once boiling); set aside pasta
3. Cut up all veggies.  For just the broccoli which takes longer to cook steam or blanch for just a couple of minutes to slightly soften.
4. Heat a saucepan on medium heat with olive oil.  Once hot pour in all the veggies (including the broccoli that has been blanced) and generously coat with the entire amount of almond butter sauce.  On low to medium heat, stirfy for about 10 minutes or until all veggies cooked
5. Top the edamame pasta with the almond sauce coated veggies and mix.

Optional: Top with sriracha for added heat and/or chopped almond slivers for added crunch!

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